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Scientist says he has found oldest spider web

Updated: 12/15/2008 - The tiny tangled threads of the world's oldest spider web have been found encased in a prehistoric piece of amber, a British scientist said Monday. Oxford University paleobiologist Martin Brasier said the 140-million-year-old webbing provides evidence that arachnids had been ensnaring their prey in silky nets since the dinosaur age. He also said the strands were linked to each other in the roughly circular pattern familiar to gardeners the world over.

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Three-month decline in gas prices stalls briefly

Updated: 12/15/2008 - Crude prices sank again Monday ahead of an OPEC meeting where huge production cuts are expected, though retail gasoline prices rose over the weekend for the first time in nearly three months.

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Court allows lawsuits over 'light' cigarettes

Updated: 12/15/2008 - The Supreme Court on Monday handed a surprising defeat to tobacco companies counting on it to put an end to lawsuits alleging deceptive marketing of "light" cigarettes.

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Thai opposition leader becomes prime minister

Updated: 12/15/2008 - Thailand's parliament chose the country's Oxford-educated opposition leader as prime minister Monday, capping six months of violent anti-government protests that included a weeklong takeover of Bangkok's two airports.

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Bitterly cold air hits much of nation

Updated: 12/15/2008 - Temperatures crashed to record lows well below zero Monday as a huge mass of arctic air blustered southward across the Midwest and West, keeping people indoors and leading some cities to open shelters.

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ATF: accelerant poured around Palin's church

Updated: 12/15/2008 - Federal investigators in Alaska say an accelerant was poured around the exterior of Gov. Sarah Palin's home church before it was heavily damaged by a fire.

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Caroline Kennedy to seek Clinton's Senate seat

Updated: 12/15/2008 - Caroline Kennedy has told New York Gov. David Paterson she wants to be the state's next Senator, becoming the highest-profile person to actively lobby for the seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Arctic Blast Hits Kansas

Updated: 12/15/2008 - An Arctic blast hit Kansas overnight, pulling temperatures down as low as 10 below in Goodland, the National Weather Service said.

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Attorneys For Atheist Soldier to Amend Lawsuit

Updated: 12/15/2008 - Attorneys for an atheist soldier at Fort Riley will be amending their lawsuit against the Department of Defense to include new allegations about evangelizing in combat.

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McCain Gets Kansas Electoral Votes

Updated: 12/15/2008 - The Kansas members of the Electoral College cast their six votes for Republican presidential candidate John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin.

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Water Main Causes Icy Mess in Montara

Updated: 12/15/2008 - A water main broke near 69th and Clearview in the Montara neighborhood, in south Topeka, Monday. Water shot into the air and quickly turned to ice in the frigid temperatures, coating cars and causing tree limbs to break under the weight.

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Police Seek Shooter at Topeka Gas Station

Updated: 12/15/2008 - Three Topeka schools are on lockdown as police investigate the shooting, which happened during a robbery attempt Monday morning at a Topeka gas station.

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